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SATURN 2019

Pittsburgh, PA

Annual SEI Architecture Technology User Network Conference

As systems grow in complexity, architecture's role becomes increasingly important at the enterprise, systems, and software levels. Architecture practitioners rely on technology, research, and the knowledge and experience of peers to build predictable, high-quality systems.

The SATURN Conference brings together an international audience of practicing software architects, industry thought leaders, developers, technical managers, and researchers to share ideas, insights, and experience about effective architecture-centric practices for developing and maintaining software-intensive systems.

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SATURN 2019 Highlight: Keynote by Philip Koopman

Keynote: Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Perception Robustness Testing

Making self-driving cars safe will require a combination of techniques. ISO 26262 and the SAE's draft standards for safety of the intended function (SOTIF) will help with vehicle control and trajectory stages of the autonomy pipeline. Planning might be made safe using a doer/checker architectural pattern that uses deterministic safety envelope enforcement of non-deterministic planning algorithms. Machine-learning-based perception validation will be more problematic.

We discuss the issue of perception edge cases, including the potentially heavy-tail distribution of object types and brittleness to slight variations in images. Our Hologram tool injects modest amounts of noise to cause perception failures, identifying brittle aspects of perception algorithms. More importantly, in practice it is able to identify context-dependent perception failures (e.g., false negatives) in unlabeled video that reveal systematic perception defects.

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SATURN Awards

The Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award is given to an individual or team that has used software architecture to significantly improve practices, outcomes, or both in an organization or in the software-development community. The winner of the 2019 Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award is the Software Curriculum team of Siemens Healthineers. The team will make a presentation on their experience and insights at the 2019 SATURN Conference.

The SEI also confers two attendee-selected awards at SATURN. The winners of the SATURN 2019 Best Presentation Award were Michael Keeling and Owen Keeling, for "Visual Thinking: A Prerequisite for Democratic Design.“ The winner of the SATURN 2019 Best Presentation Runner-up Award was Eltjo Poort, for "Measure Your Agile Architecture Maturity."

SATURN 2019 Highlight: Keynote by Dan Fox of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Breaking the Game: Analytics Revolutions in Baseball

It’s no secret that professional sports has been a hotbed for the application of analytics in changing age-old business practices and decision making. It has been 15 years since the publication of Michael Lewis’s book Moneyball, and the pace of change continues to accelerate. In this talk, we’ll explore both the pre- and post-Moneyball history of analytics revolutions in baseball right up to the present with the current ways in which the combination of data, software, and technology continues to “break the game.”

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Five Reasons to Attend SATURN 2019

1. Career advancement

Software architects have the opportunity to be well compensated for doing challenging, satisfying work. Learn the essential skills in our Architecture Boot Camp sessions that will put you in demand with organizations looking for people like you.

2. World-class speakers

SATURN speakers include pioneers and innovators in software architecture. Speakers come from a wide range of geographical locations and application domains to share the knowledge they have gleaned from their experience as practicing software architects.

3. Career connections

SATURN is a strong software architecture community. Meet like-minded professionals at social events and workshops. There are many opportunities to network with industry leaders, SATURN speakers, and peers in the field of software architecture. Surveys from the past few years cite the networking opportunities as one of the best parts of SATURN.

4. Great training

On Monday, May 6, SATURN 2019 offers three SEI courses at a discount from current course pricing: Essential Microservice Architecture, Managing Technical Debt of Software, and DevOps Practices with Architecture: Deployment and Security. Conference attendees can optimize their SATURN experience by attending one of these courses, conveniently adding a full day of professional development.

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As systems grow in complexity, architecture's role becomes increasingly important at the enterprise, system, and software levels. Architecture practitioners rely on technology, research, and the experience of peers to build high-quality systems.

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